Vegware, the global specialist in compostable catering disposables, has announced the Bristol launch of Close the Loop, its composting collection service.

This initiative will collect used Vegware takeaway packaging from Bristol businesses for composting in under 12 weeks at Rose Hill Recycling, Gloucestershire.

Responding to local demand, the Vegware Composting Collective is a new bring-back scheme for Bristol cafés, to help capture more takeaway disposables for composting.

The Bristol scheme will be launched at a free event on 8 November 2018 at Café Matariki, The Brewhouse, Georges Square, at 5:30pm. Bristol sites already using the collection service include the University of the West of England, the Wildscreen Festival and Café Matariki.

Commenting on the launch, Vegware Recycling Advisor Georgia Budden explained: “Bristol businesses really care about the environment, and are fully engaged in the details of waste. Many people choose Vegware because of our plant-based materials. But until now, there hasn’t been a Bristol route to commercial composting. We were determined to enable Bristol’s foodservice businesses to truly recycle catering waste here in the West Country, not just export contaminated plastics for incineration.

“Rose Hill’s Gloucestershire composting facility provides the perfect balance of microbes, moisture and warmth, so the used Vegware biodegrades in under 12 weeks together with food and garden waste. It creates high-grade compost, spread on fields by local farmers to return nutrients to the soil.”